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Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL

B&H # VIDF383P Mfr # DF-383-PEN
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Product Highlights
  • Guide No. 148'/45 m at 85mm

The Vivitar DF-383 Shoe Mount Flash is an economical full-TTL and P-TTL enabled flash with support for digital SLR cameras. It features a powerful Guide Number of 148'/45 m at 85mm, and features a power-zoom flash head that covers a focal range from 24mm to 85mm.

The flash includes a built-in slave function which allows it to be positioned off-camera, and triggered by any second flash. You can also manually adjust the power level of the flash output from full-power down to 1/16th. It is the perfect economical all-purpose flash for any digital or 35mm SLR shooter.

Bounce, Zoom & Swivel Head
Flash has vertical bounce of 90° and horizontal swivel of 270°, with automatic or manual zoom settings of 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm
AF Assist
Autofocus auxiliary lamp helps the camera to focus in low-light situations
Remote Triggering
Built-in optical slave function allows for off-camera operation
Accepts Light Modifiers
Includes reflecting plate & wide angle diffuser
Power Saving
Circuitry incorporates an auto-off power saving element
Mount Shoe
Guide No. 148' (45.11 m) ISO100 at 85 mm position
Exposure Control Manual/TTL
Angle of Coverage 75° - 28°
Vari-Power 1/1 - 1/16
TTL Dedication Yes
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Coverage 28 mm - 85 mm (Full frame)
Zoom Head Full frame: 28 mm - 85 mm
Off Camera Terminal None
Recycle Time Approximately 0.5 - 9 seconds
Power Source 4x AA Alkaline, Lithium, NiCad, Rechargeable Ni-MH Batteries
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.0 x 4.0 x 3.0" / 12.7 x 10.2 x 7.6 cm
Weight 9.5 oz / 269 g
Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL
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    VivitarDF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL
     
    3.5

    (based on 23 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    82%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Fast recycling (14)
    • Versatile (14)
    • Good power output (10)
    • Lightweight (10)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (20)
      • Portraits (12)
      • Fill flash (10)
      • Night photography (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (5), Enthusiast (4), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (12)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good flash

      This is a very good flash and the extra features are worth the money. I found that being able to use this flash with the sych mode alone, makes it better than cheaper good...Read complete review

      This is a very good flash and the extra features are worth the money. I found that being able to use this flash with the sych mode alone, makes it better than cheaper good flahses. You can use the trailing curtain setting to use fast shutter speads, (as fast as you want ) when you only want a little extra light in your shot. The auto setting works really well too. I use it with a 10-24 mm super wide angle lense and with the difuser down, it fills the entire photo.
      I did have to use the warranty, after 10 months the bulb in the camera blew up. I returned it to Pentax under warranty and there was no charge. I take a thousands of pictures for real estate so I use this flash a ton. It works well and the extra features make it worth the money.

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      Not Pleased

      Bought two of these new over the last 15 months, one from B&H, one from elsewhere. Both of them went kaput about the same time. The older one simply stopped...Read complete review

      Bought two of these new over the last 15 months, one from B&H, one from elsewhere. Both of them went kaput about the same time. The older one simply stopped functioning at all ... three months after the warranty expired. The newer one started flashing continuously a little over a month after purchase. The only way to stop it was to turn it off. It's back home with Vivitar for warranty service at present.

      While they worked, they weren't bad, especially given the price.

      On newer Pentax cameras, the K-R and K-X, the flash worked in P-TLL mode and made nicely exposed shots. On the *istD, the flash shot only at full power until P-TTL was turned off at the camera body, by moving the aperture ring off the A position and setting the f-stop by rotating the aperture ring. Incidentally, the Pentax AF540FGZ and 360FGZ, as well as the Metz 50-AF1 work well in P-TTL mode on the *istD.

      In short, I wish I had purchased one Metz 50, or a Pentax 360 rather than this poorly documented, apparently poorly designed product. It would have been cheaper. Was a time when Vivitar stood for quality, back when I was in my 20s that is, long ago.

      Wouldn't recommend this flash to a friend. Wouldn't even recommend it to an enemy.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good flash

      By Pazarci

      from Istanbul Turkey

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Not Sturdy

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

      This is a very good flash at this price, however it is not very sturdy. I use it as a secondary flash unit. Functionally excellent. I find the slave capability and power level adjustment useful. The plastic come-out reflector is very flimsy. Will serve well with careful use.

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      • No

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good flash

      By David

      from Thousand Oaks, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Recycling
      • Lightweight
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

        This is a very good flash and the extra features are worth the money. I found that being able to use this flash with the sych mode alone, makes it better than cheaper good flahses. You can use the trailing curtain setting to use fast shutter speads, (as fast as you want ) when you only want a little extra light in your shot. The auto setting works really well too. I use it with a 10-24 mm super wide angle lense and with the difuser down, it fills the entire photo.
        I did have to use the warranty, after 10 months the bulb in the camera blew up. I returned it to Pentax under warranty and there was no charge. I take a thousands of pictures for real estate so I use this flash a ton. It works well and the extra features make it worth the money.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Working Well With My K-r!

        By Martowski

        from Peoria, IL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use

          Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

          Just got this flash today and have only tested it out in limited shots indoors, but I'm very pleased that it's working well with my K-r! Some of the older units may not have been updated to work with the K-r, but this one I just got does. I've been able to use it in auto PTTL mode, manual, and as a slave. If this it continues to perform this way, I'll be a happy camper all around. And I can't complain about the cycle time of the flash either.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Starter

          By Darious Frost

          from Florida

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

              This was recommended to me by my former photography professor. I've only had it for about 2 weeks, so far it works wonderfully.

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              • No

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Will not work on Pentax K-5

              By Tyler

              from tgpuckett[@]

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                  This seems like a fantastic flash, very good build quality and appearance. However, it acted crazy on my Pentax K-5. I am unsure if this is a common issue or if my unit was defective, however.

                  It worked fine on my P30T, an older Pentax film SLR, however.

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Not Pleased

                  By Old Guy

                  from Wyoming

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Pix OK on Newer Bodies

                  Cons

                  • Poor Documentation
                  • Poor quality control

                  Best Uses

                  • Decoration

                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                  Bought two of these new over the last 15 months, one from B&H, one from elsewhere. Both of them went kaput about the same time. The older one simply stopped functioning at all ... three months after the warranty expired. The newer one started flashing continuously a little over a month after purchase. The only way to stop it was to turn it off. It's back home with Vivitar for warranty service at present.

                  While they worked, they weren't bad, especially given the price.

                  On newer Pentax cameras, the K-R and K-X, the flash worked in P-TLL mode and made nicely exposed shots. On the *istD, the flash shot only at full power until P-TTL was turned off at the camera body, by moving the aperture ring off the A position and setting the f-stop by rotating the aperture ring. Incidentally, the Pentax AF540FGZ and 360FGZ, as well as the Metz 50-AF1 work well in P-TTL mode on the *istD.

                  In short, I wish I had purchased one Metz 50, or a Pentax 360 rather than this poorly documented, apparently poorly designed product. It would have been cheaper. Was a time when Vivitar stood for quality, back when I was in my 20s that is, long ago.

                  Wouldn't recommend this flash to a friend. Wouldn't even recommend it to an enemy.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great deal!

                  By Duckjohn

                  from Oregon

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast Recycling
                  • Powerful Output
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Fill Flash
                    • General Use
                    • Night Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                    I do light amateur photography, and I wanted a flash that had TTL, could swivel and bounce, zoom etc, but I didn't have the money for a pro flash. This flash was a crazy good deal for the money. It is pretty intuitive to use, and has all the power I need.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Perfect flash for the money

                    By The Ollster

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                      Fantastic features for what is a relatively inexpensive flash. Equivalent product from other manufacturers are twice the price! Syncs well with Pentax camera, good auto and manual features.

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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Flash meets expectations

                      By Rob the Photo Guy

                      from Jersey City, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast Recycling
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                        I bought this to photograph an indoor art exhibit and awards ceremony and the flash worked very very well. Re Charge is fast - controls are easy to use and you can synch it to the Pentax camera easily (I use K2000)

                        I would recommend this as an inexpensive flash that performs well.

                        I used the swivel function to bounce light off a white wall and grab great shots of art work and the folks being honored

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                        • No

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                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Flash Me

                        By James

                        from San Jose ca

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Night Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                        The Vivitar 383 flash worked great :) however I was having camera issues with my Pentax :( so I did not get the full effect of the flash.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN

                        By RUDY

                        from NY.NY

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast Recycling
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful Output
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fill Flash
                          • General Use
                          • Night Photography

                          Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                          ITS MAIN USE SO FAR HAS BEEN FOR FILL IN FLASH, BOTH OUTDOOR AND INDOORS. HOWEVER I DO LIKE THE WAY IT WORKS SRAIGHT ON WITH MY CAMERA TTL.

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                          • No

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Flash of Inspiration

                          By Trekk

                          from Ohio

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Fast Recycling
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • General Use
                            • Photojournalism
                            • Portraits
                            • Sports Photography

                            Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                            I have used this flash quite a bit now and it has never let me down. The contact points are accurate and always attach correctly. I use it all the time. On 1/8 power and even 1/4 it has very fast recycling time. This dedicated unit gives the expensive brands a run for there money. Alas it has a downfall. The autofocus assist lamp built into the flash is a little weak, and the zoom feature is a little slow and noise, but not to bad. I basically use this flash for all my photographs. Sports, portraits etc.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent Pentax flash option

                            By Photo enthusiest

                            from Westchester, NY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful Output
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use

                              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                              I was looking for a swivel head bounce flash for my Pentax K2000 DSLR. The PENTAX hot-shoe flash for this camera was three times the price as this one for the same features.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great flash

                              By flysistah75

                              from Mobile, AL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Powerful Output

                              Cons

                              • Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use

                              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                              Got this for Christmas. It works great with my K7

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              good flash but didn't last too long

                              By minmax007

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast Recycling
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Not Durable

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                              I bought this flash 2 months ago and today just stopped working. It's not firing anymore. I've seen some reviews and red about this problem before buying this flash but i hopped that it wouldn't happen to me. Well, it did today. I hope the replacement will last much longer than this one.

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                              5.0

                              Feature Rich, Wallet Friendly

                              By mlcurtis69

                              from Kentwood, MI

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Powerful Output
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                                I searched high and low looking for a flash that had the features of the DF-383 and couldn't come close to finding something that had them, at the price it was selling for.

                                Even with the good reviews I've seen for this model, I'd still suggest buying the extended warranty. You never know when you're going to have an issue, and for the price, it's great piece of mind.

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                                5.0

                                Good features for the price.

                                By emekros

                                from Naranjito, PR

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful Output
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                                  Sync with my K200 too easy

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                                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Has features of more expensive units..

                                  By Ranger 59

                                  from Columbia, MO

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                                    I picked up this unit to replace an aging Sigma 500 EF. While it does not have the guide number of the Sigma, it does offer more feature, for example having a slave function as well as an illuminated panel. Other nice feature is the reflector. Only thing that may be a concern is the battery door, it does feel flimsy and feels like I will break it every time I open it.

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                                    1.0

                                    A great flash when it works

                                    By jplbound

                                    from Webb, AL

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast Recycling
                                    • Powerful Output

                                    Cons

                                    • Contact pins do not mate
                                    • Poor pin alignment

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use

                                    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                                    General purpose flash photography

                                    The flash has a major problem with the contact pins on the flash not mating with the camera correctly; this causes the flash zoom to freeze up or cause a washed out exposure because to TTL signal is lost from the camera; Any slight movement in general operation will cause this to happen.

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                                    1.0

                                    Serious manufactoring flaw

                                    By Highpocket

                                    from Webb, AL

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Fast Recycling
                                    • Powerful Output
                                    • Useful Lighted LCD
                                    • Versatile

                                    Cons

                                    • Design Flaw In The Foot
                                    • Flismy Mounting Foot

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Fill Flash
                                    • General Use
                                    • Night Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Vivitar DF 383 Series 1 Digital TTL Shoe Mount Autofocus Flash for Pentax TTL:

                                    I had this flash for a whole 30 minutes before boxing it up and sending it back. The problem lies in the flashes mounting foot. It loses contact with the data pins on the camera causing the flash zoom to lock up and the P-TTL to allow severe overexposure because it fires full power. Vivitar needs to cut a relief in front of the mounting foot to allow the foot to go all the way into the flash shoe on the camera; The slightest movement causes the flash to stop working.I had mine mounted on a Pentax K10D. If you look at the K10D's shoe it has a rectangular protrusion in the fromt on the shoe that does not match the flashes mounting foot. If Vivitar fixes this it will be a nice and capable flash.

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